Just to start things off because I feel like I’m going to die from severe franticness, I currently have 28 bug bites. 8 of which literally just happened in the last ten minutes. Most of which are on my leg. See picture number one.
With that out of the way, back to Shanghai. Aside from taking more Chinese classes and getting lectures on what to expect when teaching English (most of which has not actually been the case!), we also went to the Shanghai Museum which was pretty awesome. My favorite exhibits were the seals, the minority clothing and the calligraphy.
We also went to Old City and on a cruise where we could see Shanghai at night best. And finally, the Chinese acrobats show, where we sat in the first two rows. I “lucked” out and ended up first row, dead center. Which was awesome except for when they wrapped their arms in long ribbons hanging from the ceiling and swung out into the audience…I don’t think I’ve ever ducked lower in my life.
The last few pictures are from around Zhangjiagang. I realllly like it here. It’s a lot bigger than I expected, but still pretty quiet and smallish. I would just really appreciate for the bikes, motorbikes and cars to STAY OFF the sidewalk! I almost got run over a few times today because they don’t always honk to warn you!
A closing comment: I may or may not have eaten five slices of processed cheese last night. I was craving cheese and browsing the snack section of the corner store not really expecting to find anything cheese flavored when lo and behold: sandwich cheese. And while the food we’ve had here has by no means been lacking, when you have a craving and aren’t really expecting it to be fulfilled, processed cheese suddenly tastes like extra sharp cheddar.